A Quarantined Life…What I’ve Learned About Myself…(so far)

Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.

Hello, sweet friend…

There has never been a better time to get to know yourself —intentionally or not…

This week I decided to take Joe’s suggestion and write about masks. I’m now realizing that perhaps he was referring to the cute ones I made…

that being said…

I’ve been able to see and experience another part of myself day-to-day…week-to-week in this whole evolution of quarantine time.

It’s a strange revelation, during a time of social distancing, just how important a healthy relationship with yourself can be.

As life pauses and reorganizes… I’ve found this time as a unique opportunity to embrace these changes, by being more loving …kind and compassionate to myself.

I’ve always thought ( been told ) I was an extrovert as I excel in social situations… don’t have trouble talking to (never) or in front of (seldom) people, and enjoy going out (some might say I border on the social butterfly side)…

However, during this quarantine time, I have discovered that, at heart, I’m truly an introvert. Ok… just extroverted/introvert, if you will.🥰

The main thing I’ve learned is that I really do love the quiet time alone. Not socializing gives me an opportunity to sit and reflect on my life, my mistakes, my strengths, my weaknesses, and ponder all the things that I have done right over the years…

which has given me a deeper appreciation and confidence for the little things in life and the reminder to look at the bright side of things.

This time has led me to doing things again that I had stopped doing…

and discovering that I really enjoy doing them…and am pretty good at doing them.💕

What’s Cooking?

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I was still living in California I would enjoy a day spent window shopping at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. The day would often include lunch and take home chocolate chip cookies from Neiman Marcus Cafe. I have baked these cookies 2 times during quarantine and I must say they really are better than delicious.seriously better. Make sure you use light brown sugar instead of dark, decaf espresso…and of course the full cup 1/2 of chocolate chips.(no cheating)👩‍🍳

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9 Responses to A Quarantined Life…What I’ve Learned About Myself…(so far)

  1. Donna Kelly says:

    Cookies look YUMMY! thank you xoxo

    • Marcia says:

      Hi Donna,
      You will love them. Joe begged me to hide the last batch I made from him because he said he didn’t have enough discipline not to eat them all. I did… So now I’m the only one that knows where they are. Perhaps I should re-think this. Ha! Hugs.

  2. Joe says:

    Thank you for your reflections about yourself and this special time!
    I am invited to reflect on my life, too.
    Just looking at those cookies is mouthwatering

  3. Nancy J Coughlin says:

    Your words have really hit home with me. Think I fit that introvert/extrovert class myself. No problems in social area, but thoroughly love the quiet times and solitude. When I was working on my Masters, I took refuge in a cabin at a nearby State Park as often as I could. Became known as one of their “oldtimers” there, to the point when emergency situations arose, the staff came to me for assistance with harried and emotionally devastated other campers.
    I find that being out in nature regenerates me: in the trees, on a hiking trail, and especially by a waterfall. A small waterfall was as good as a large one. Have not done that for a long time. Health issues have interfered and my walking capacity has deteriorated dramatically. Can still get out, but on a limited basis (‘out’ as much as the Covid virus allows).
    Was totally comfortable being by myself, which many of my friends could not understand. Started tent camping and graduated to a cabin over the years. They could not understand how I could go by myself: wasn’t it scary; what if wild animals showed up (and they did, particularly when I sat quietly!); how could I go night hiking; etc.???
    Loved it and now have come to understand just how much that time helped me grow and trust in myself. I probably don’t need the intenseness of that time,, but do need the quiet and solitude of that time. Hmmm- changes in my future? Probably.

    • Marcia says:

      Hi Nancy,
      I’m always so happy when you stop by for a visit. Most likely us extroverts need our quiet introvert time so that we can re-charge to be extroverts again. What wonderful experiences and adventures you’ve had. My husband and I travel alot together and I also travel alone…especially when I visit California. I love your adventurous spirit… Yes good changes are in your future. Take care and be safe dear friend. Hugs Marcia

  4. Susan Ramsey says:

    Did you know that today is National Chocolate Chip Day!?

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